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As She Wired noted, Huffman came out quietly this year when she announced she was working with Athlete Ally, an organization that seeks to combat homophobia in sports.“I am excited to be an ally and stand up for people like me in the LGBT community,” she said in a post on the Athlete Ally website in July. The next year, she tried out again and made the “A” team. Experience: This year’s World Cup selection is her second — her first was in 2007 — which makes her the second player in U. history to be named to two non-consecutive Women’s World Cup rosters (Brandi Chastain in 19). In the 2008 Olympics, she started and played every minute of the final four games of the tournament after leaving early in the first match with an injury and missing the second match; she tallied one goal. Chalupny was an extremely shy kid and player growing up and when she was in college and in youth programs with the WNT. national soccer team that will be chasing a third Women's World Cup title in Canada over the next month. This year marks the fourth time Boxx has been named to a U. She thrived with the youth programs as a very skilled and instinctive central midfielder who quickly became one of the most promising players in the WNT program. Her size led to her receiving the nickname “Plankton.” After spending a couple seasons playing up a few age groups in her hometown of St. There, she failed to make the “A” team and she was discouraged to the point where she thought she wasn’t good enough to play soccer at any higher level. games at the 2007 Women’s World Cup, playing every minute of every match and scoring two goals. games in the 2004 Olympics, scoring the opening goal of the tournament and delivering the game-winning assist against Japan in the quarterfinal.

During the 2012 London Olympics, she scored three goals and tallied a team-high four assists to lead the United States to a gold medal.

For me, it’s been an evolution since Colin didn’t stand for the national anthem at first because I’m so patriotic.

I value the American flag, I value our national anthem because I’ve represented my country for so many years.

She will be an asset for the WNT in what will be her first World Cup at the senior level. Despite her size, she said she struggled with soccer early on, even with a solid work ethic, and was always on the bench.

She said it wasn’t until she switched teams — to one that her fellow WNT teammate Christen Press happened to play on — and started getting more playing time that something clicked, and her career took off. Experience: This will be the first World Cup at the senior level for Harris as she will be sitting behind Hope Solo. Experience: Known for her dribbling ability and ball control, Heath is one of the most talented midfielders on the WNT roster.